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9 of the best animal photos from 2020

It’s stunning to see wild animals up close — especially when they’re caught in the beauty of their natural surroundings.

Agora, a photo app, challenged its users to submit their best animal pics of 2020, to be voted on by their users. The most popular snap would earn its photographer $ 1,000. With some serious scratch on the line, Agora said it received 13,888 submissions displaying the “precious variety of animal life surrounding us.”

“Photography is a powerful medium to generate empathy and a deeper understanding of the world surrounding us,” said Octavi Royo, Agora CEO, in a press release. “Only one species living on Earth can choose what the future will look like, and that species is us!” 

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